On the lower level of Manhattan College’s Hayden Hall, an unlikely space comes alive with bright visuals, dynamic sounds and the unique collections of emerging New York City artists. Curator Gautam Kansara, adjunct instructor of fine arts who teaches digital video and photography at the College, created the Manhattan Project(s) gallery in 2010 to expose the efforts of an underrepresented community.
“There are so many artists in New York,” Kansara said. “Anyone that has a space should utilize it in any fashion.”
A practicing artist himself, Kansara has leveraged his connections in the industry to host half a dozen installations since the gallery opened. The current exhibit is that of Eric Montes, The ShortFellow, a celebrated dancer for the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Montes’ multimedia collection features dramatically lit photographs and video of his choreography, as well as written stories of his life as a Mexican immigrant living in New York City.
In addition, an interactive playlist is on display until March and showcases sound selections from UBU.com that are designed to take the listener on an avant-garde musical journey.
The community is welcome to visit the gallery, which also features multimedia artwork by Manhattan College’s fine arts students, who share the space.
Future plans for the Manhattan Project(s) gallery space include a series of openings on campus and experimental shorts from emerging video artists. Kansara is also trying to bring print work and audio by Kyle Simon and a documentary of choreographer/dancer Malcolm Low to campus as upcoming exhibits.